Monday’s Musings #255 & Never Alone

Never Alone & Monday's Musings #255

This week I had lunch with a dear friend. We are in the same season of life. It was a blessing not only to visit but to feel comfortable in sharing what we are going through these days. It’s not anything major but for both of us, it’s taking us on a journey we were not ready for. Yet to know we are not alone in our journey is a precious reassurance. Reminds me of the verse in Ecclesiastes, chapter 4, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” 

The Lord is so good to give us friends who will walk through life with us. I am ever so grateful for the friends I have in my life. Truly. Be that as it may, I am privy to an even more wonderful relationship that never, ever fails me.

When life gets challenging, the Lord never leaves us. When we hit lows, He is ever present. Our “times are in His hands” it says in Psalm 31, verse 15. If our times are in His hands, we can believe He will help us through whatever we are experiencing. Discouragement, sadness, and any other negative emotion that we might allow to encompass us during any season of life, He removes because He is right there with us. “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?” (Psalm 139:7) In addition, all of our sweet precious moments of joy are in His hands as well. Those times that make us smile and rejoice, He orchestrates.

All events that concern us, and the timing of them, belong to Him. They are at God’s disposal. Matthew Henry, in his commentary on Psalm 31, states that “David didn’t prescribe to God, he subscribed to Him.” In other words, he agreed with the Lord and accepted God’s design for his life. All of it.

See, we are never alone no matter where we are in life. Our God is a faithful presence. And we can (I will!) rejoice in that! “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

UPDATE: Last week I was not able to put the linky up. I had an injury to my eye and was unable to handle staring at the computer screen or bright lights in general. I am doing much better and praising the Lord for healing.

NOTE: I have had the pleasure of participating in The Enchanting Rose Tea Cup & Mug Exchange more than once. So, I am just passing on the information below in case it is something you’d love to do. I may even participate this time myself.

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Never Alone & Monday's Musings #255

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

Monday’s Musings Must Dos:

1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

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Monday’s Musings #253 & Loving Others Like Jesus

Loving Others Like Jesus & Monday's Musings #253 | What Joy Is Mine

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, love is on the brain. But not just a romantic love but a selfless love. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” (John 13:34) John 13, verse 34 are the words of Christ and He tells us how to love one another.

We love one another as we are loved by the Lord. In knowing we are loved by God, we are to share that love with others. Jesus says in verse 35, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)  How we love others ought to reflect the love we receive from the Father. The word “ought” signals a duty. A duty is something one is required to do. It is a responsibility of moral obligation. We are commanded to “keep loving one another earnestly” just as Jesus loved us. (1 Peter 4:8)

The word earnestly means “with sincere and intense conviction.” What a powerful thought! To love others with sincere intention and an intense conviction. This is a Jesus-kind of love: to be intentional with the purpose of mirroring the love we receive from God. “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” (1 John 4:11) Remember what we discussed about the word “ought”? Again, we are to love one another because it is commanded by the Lord and demonstrated by Jesus.

How does this look? Well, it’s a kind word or a helping hand. It’s sharing and encouraging. It’s choosing to work out differences and bring about reconciliation. It’s putting others before yourself. It’s loving the unlovable. It’s loving the broken and lost. We must continue to work towards loving others the way Jesus loved. “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” (Romans 13:8)  “We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)

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Monday's Musings #253

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

Monday’s Musings Must Dos:

1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

3. It would be so awesome if you could encourage another by visiting their post and leaving a kind comment. Builds community, too. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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Monday’s Musings #252 & January Daybook

January Daybook & Monday's Musings #252 | What Joy Is Mine

Today is January 29, 2017.

The weather is really nice. Not too cold and sunny. Supposed to have nice sunny weather all week.

I am presently enjoying a quiet afternoon at home. It’s the Lord’s Day and it ought to be restful. We’re watching a 1936 movie with our kids at the moment. Do you like old movies?

I finished my goal setting earlier this month. So far, I have been able to work toward some of them. I like to do a monthly check in to see where I am with each one. This helps me stay focused and intentional.

We have been tentatively planning our future trips. Planning early helps us afford it financially as well as encourage us to hold each detail in prayer. It is my prayer we get to do all we are hoping to.

Some of the books I am hoping to read this year are in my hands now. I am starting with “Does Grace Grow Best In Winter?” by Ligon Duncan. This book answers the questions: What is suffering for? What does it look like from the standpoint of God’s sovereignty? It looks like a quick read with, hopefully, a good message.

Our family bible time consists of two things. We are reading through the New Testament using this plan. We are also continuing our study through The Shorter Catechism using Training Hearts, Training Minds. We’re on question #42 this week. We often have good biblical discussion and I am loving this time with my kids.

I am excited about baseball season! With the Super Bowl this upcoming weekend, I am ready to close out football and watch some baseball. Do you like baseball? Do you have a favorite team?

Spring cleaning has begun in our home. I’ve tackled the master bath and my bookshelf in our bedroom. I’ve also begun to clean out and reorganize our pantry. I am excited to be making good progress in decluttering and reorganizing areas in our home. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to happen in spring friends.

At our church, we are starting up our community groups once more. We will be in a different group and are excited to see how God will grow us up in Him during our time together. It’s a blessing to fellowship with fellow believers.

I am grateful for a new year, for goals to work towards, for a God who hears my prayers, and for praise.

A favorite quote: My brethren, let me say, be like Christ at all times. Let us take care that we exhibit our Master, and not ourselves—so that we can say, “It is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me.”  (Charles Spurgeon)

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Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

Monday’s Musings Must Dos:

1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

3. It would be so awesome if you could encourage another by visiting their post and leaving a kind comment. Builds community, too. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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Monday’s Musings #251 & Delightful Serving

Delightful Serving & Monday's Musings #251 | What Joy Is Mine

Do you serve in your church? Do you find it delightful?

Delight defined is “to receive great pleasure in.”

Scripture says we are to “work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving Christ.” (Colossians 3:23, 24) When I read this scripture, it tells me how we are to serve. We are to serve as unto the Lord and not men.

Well, for one, this command means we are to serve with our eyes and heart focused on God. This means our serving has nothing to do with us and everything to do with Him. With this on the forefront of our minds and in the center of our heart, we are free to serve others as Jesus would have. It then becomes a delight to serve. “For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.” (Hebrews 6:10)

Second, it means we are to serve in obedience to God. When He calls us to serve at our church, we are to do so willingly and with joy. We are not to be slothful or do it with feelings of dread. True obedience to the calling of God, does not complain or whine. Instead, we serve with a desire to please our Lord through delightful obedience. As Peter and apostles stressed in Acts 5:29, “We must obey God rather than men.”

Thirdly, this verse reminds us that unto the Lord is serving Christ. Paraphrasing Matthew Henry’s words, it sanctifies a servant’s work when it is done with the approach that it is Christ we are serving and not men only. If we could just sit on that point every time we serve in our church, what an incredible experience it would be to serve. It would go beyond duty and fill us with delight.

Most importantly, Colossians 3:23,24 goes on to tell us the benefit of serving unto the Lord. “Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward.” As we serve Christ, we will one day have our glorious reward. The Lord, our ultimate giver of good things, will reward us. This heavenly inheritance promised is not earned by works done but more by the heart in which we have done them. It is all by His grace. It is not an earthly reward although God can bless us when we walk in obedience to Him in all things.

Serving in our church ought to be delightful, something we take pleasure in, not for personal satisfaction or recognition but unto the glory of God. It is for Him that we serve knowing that it pleases Him greatly and our reward is the heavenly inheritance that only He can give by His grace. Thomas Watson says, “The more we enjoy of God [including serving in the church], the more we are ravished with delight.” (Brackets mine)

January is just flying by, at least for me. I am so grateful you are have found Monday’s Musings and look forward to what you will be sharing. Blessings to you.

Monday's Musings #251 | What Joy Is Mine

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

Monday’s Musings Must Dos:

1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

3. It would be so awesome if you could encourage another by visiting their post and leaving a kind comment. Builds community, too. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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Monday’s Musings #248 & A New Year

A New Year & Monday's Musings #248 | What Joy Is Mine

2017 is here! It just seems like it got here so fast or maybe I was blessed with a full 2016 and didn’t see it coming. Either way I have been goal planning and preparing our budget book for a new year. I am old school and keep everything written down instead of electronically noted. I like being able to go into our hutch drawer and have it handy.

I also go through and clean out our file box and get it ready for 2017. This includes separating our tax papers out so they are sorted when it comes time to file our taxes. I always want to start off the new year with a clean and organized start. A hint to keep in mind is as the year is rolling along, keep a tax folder ready so you can put the proper papers in there for the following year as the year progresses. Just helps you not to have to go hunting for them in 2018 when its time to file taxes.

Our budget book helps us stay on track with our debt free journey as well as monthly bills to be paid. Included is a bill tracking page for each month, a money vision page, a savings page, and snowball pages for those bigger bills we’re trying to pay off. I made some new pages to motivate me and will be sharing them with you this week. I hope you use them to help get your finances on a good track for 2017.

I also made a new daily agenda sheet that is like a command center. At least that’s what I call it, my command center for the day. I print it out and keep it on a clip board which stays handy throughout the day. I will be sharing this with you as well. All the sheets are FREE for personal use only.

I have a planner I love and have already began writing down important dates like birthdays, anniversaries, appointments, possible family trips, etc. I started a new bullet journal which houses everything else I don’t keep in my planner. It may seem weird to have two books but it works for me. I like the bullet journal in that it is a fun way to hold information I want to retain for the year. It allows me to be creative as I use it to keep myself organized. My calendar planner is usually just for calendar and weekly review, like the “gas” to my bullet journal and daily agenda sheet.

My goal planning includes goals set for faith, marriage, motherhood, blog, photography and personal. I write down at least 3 things I would like to attain this year in each area. Then I will write down how I will reach those goals in steps and make a plan. All this done by seeking the Lord for direction first.

I hope you are encouraged to start goal setting and organizing for the new year. How important it is stay organized in your finances as well as your daily, weekly, & monthly agendas. It will save you time and trouble down the road.

Today is our first link up for 2017. I am praying that what is shared will be a blessing to those who read it. Thank you for visiting and encouraging.

Monday' s Musings #248 | What Joy Is Mine

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

Monday’s Musings Must Dos:

1. Please link directly to the post you’re sharing. Be sure to link back here by using a text link or the logo in the side bar.

2. This link up party stays open until Wednesday evening. Know that sometimes I share your posts on Pinterest, Twitter and/or Facebook because I desire for our readers to be blessed.

3. It would be so awesome if you could encourage another by visiting their post and leaving a kind comment. Builds community, too. Thank you for visiting and linking up. Now, let’s get to sharing. Link following this post. Grab my link button in the side bar and place on your blog so others know about our community and can join in.

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